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Currently: Yarn Testing

Currently: Yarn Testing

I’ve purchased some new knitting needles that I’ve only been able to slightly use. They are round needles in the US size 50 and are surprisingly easy to use.

The reason for the larger needles is because I wanted to knit a nice comfy blanket. You need extra chunky yarn….and a lot of it. I’ actually not too certain how many skeins I need in order to make a decent size blanket. My original plan was to arm knit this blanket, there are quite a lot of tutorials going around and I just had to try it out. I think I need extra extra chunky yarn in order for it to work the way I want it to. Either that or buy regular chunky yarn in even more skeins. I just wanted to save myself some hassle and buy X amount of skeins once instead of multiples of smaller skeins. It made sense in my head. The yarn I bought was from Hobby Lobby, and it’s from the brand Yarn Bee. I couldn’t find it on their site but I’ll keep browsing the net so that I can link it later.

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I also purchased the needles from Hobby Lobby and the reason I bought circle needles is because the loop was long enough to knit a blanket. All of the straight needles were much too short, plus round needles allow a more comfy knitting experience. More movable? The arm knitting, although easy to learn, just wasn’t progressing the way I had hoped. The stitches just weren’t as tight as  I wanted them to be so I switched to the needles and since I needed the needles to be pretty long I just went with the circle needles.

I prefer wooden needles because of how light weight they are…believe me you’ll noticed the difference after switching. I wanted to test out the needles with the chunky yarn I had purchased and that’s when I noticed it will take many more skeins to finish the blanket but I’m looking forward to testing out more skeins and finding the right yarn in order to knit the blanket I have in mind.

Until then, I will gladly try out tons of yarn. More updates to follow.

Any projects you’re currently working on, or do you have any tips when dealing with yarn and round needles?

Thanks for reading.

 

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kimKIM VERA - (view all posts by Kim)
Kim works as a museum Copywriter and helps out with events from time to time. When she isn’t working or blogging, she is probably off taking a nap. Feel free to email her at kim@mind-speaks.com

Free Meal Planner Template

Free Meal Planner Template

Hello planner lovers! I made a free print out for those who are trying to eat a bit more healthy. This print out comes in 2 sizes for download. A5 and the smaller personal size.

I am using this to count my calories to help burn off baby weight!

I kept it pretty basic to leave room for you to decorate with washi tape!! I’ve created planner inserts for my family and friends but this is the first time I put a template online for download. If you like this, let me know and I will offer some more in the future!!

I left the the trim and registration marks up so you can have a guide while cutting the template out. I like using a nice card stock but some weighted printing paper can also do the trick! Let us know if you use the template and show us how you decorated it with either commenting or using #mindspeaks and tagging us on instagram or twitter.

Meal Planner

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A5 Size Meal Planner (229 downloads)

Personal Size Meal Planner (219 downloads)

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mijaMIJA VERA - (view all posts by Mija)
Mija has been a designer for the last ten years. She is a paper obsessed fiend and loves working on new projects while listening to her daughter and cat chatter around the house. You can email her at mija@mind-speaks.com

Japanese Cheese Cake Recipe

Japanese Cheese Cake Recipe

I tend to spend way too much time on Instagram before bed,I look at tons of different cakes and treats which tend to trigger night time cravings…not good. There is a particular treat that has been catching my eye – I’ve been wondering how this treat would taste like. The Japanese cheesecake! If you haven’t seen these adorable and bouncy cakes, it looks like this:
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*Photo credit from Nerdist.com*
These cakes are so popular that even Nerdist updated about it. I’ve only imagined how delicious these cakes would be and finally I had time to make it. I ended up making it for Kim’s birthday. Which is why I don’t have a naked picture of the cake cause I was in too much of a hurry  to get it party-ready.  So I got this recipe from rasamalaysia.

Ingredients:

  • 5oz sugar
  • 6 egg whites
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1/4 t cream of tartar
  • 9oz cream cheese
  • 2oz butter
  • 3oz milk
  • 1T lemon juice
  • 2oz cake flour
  • 1oz corn starch
  • 1/4 t salt
Ingredients
1. Melt cream cheese, butter and milk over a double boiler. Cool the mixture. Fold in the flour, the cornflour, salt, egg yolks, lemon juice and mix well.

2. Make the meringue by whisking egg whites with cream of tartar until foamy. You can beat with a stand mixer or handheld mixer. Add in the sugar and whisk until soft peaks.

3. Take 1/3 meringue and fold into the cheese mixture, then fold in another 1/3 of meringue. After incorporated, pour the batter back to the remaining 1/3 meringue and fold. FOLD GENTLY. Pour the mixture into a 8-inch round cake pan (lightly grease and line the bottom and sides of the pan with grease-proof baking paper or parchment paper)

4. Bake cheesecake in a water bath for 1 hours 10 minutes or until set and golden brown at 160 degrees C (325 degrees F).

After the caked cooled I cut it twice so I could put three layers of whipped cream icing and diced strawberries.

And it’s done! I really liked this cake, it reminds me of Sara Lee pound cake once you refrigerated it. Next time I want to add more cream cheese for a more custard texture but overall definitely going to be part of my cookbook.

Japanese cake

Japanese Cake

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katKAT VERA - (view all posts by Kat)
Kat is an aspiring pastry chef. When she isn’t in the kitchen she’s traveling space and time with Doctor Who and solving mysteries with Sherlock. Email her at kat@mind-speaks.com